Tale of Tales (2015)

aka Il racconto dei racconti

2016 #148
Matteo Garrone | 134 mins | streaming (HD) | 2.35:1 | Italy, France & UK / English | 15 / R

Tale of Tales

Based on 17th Century Italian fairytales by Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales relates three interlocking stories of dark fantasy. If there’s one thing that really connects them, it’s thematic: essentially, “be careful what you wish for”; or maybe “be grateful for what you’ve got”. There are primary characters in each tale who go to disgustingly extraordinary lengths to achieve what they desire — eating a sea-monster’s heart raw, breeding a giant flea, self-flaying — and it rarely turns out for the best.

If you can stomach the contents, there’s a quality cast, and the locations, production design, and cinematography are simply gorgeous.

4 out of 5

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9 thoughts on “Tale of Tales (2015)

  1. Strange little film, quite unlike anything I’ve seen with perhaps the likes of EXCALIBUR and PAN’S LABYRINTH for creating such dreamlike filmscapes coming close. It certainly looks amazing and there are definitely some wince-worthy moments, proving that while the book upon which it was based was ‘for the little ones’ there isn’t a lot in the story that is anything but adult themed and even grotesque in places. I admit I was spellbound.

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